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2:20 PM ET, May 28, 2018


 Top News: 
Lani Seelinger / Bustle:
Trump's criticism of media is hardly news, but calling one of his own staff a phony nonexistent source after the staffer briefed about 300 people is a new move  —  President Trump's ongoing feud with the media is hardly news, but over the weekend it turned out that there were still new ways …
Matthew Dessem / Slate:
Elon Musk complained about media credibility, then tweeted a link to a story attacking coverage of his company from a news site affiliated with sex cult NXIVM  —  Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's crusade to discredit the press in the wake of negative reporting hit a snag on Saturday …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
If Silicon Valley billionaires like Elon Musk really want to improve trust in the news media, they should help reinvent the economics of local news outlets  —  Entrepreneur Elon Musk thinks journalism needs fixing, and he's got just the answer.  —  Enraged last week by negative media coverage of Tesla …
Frederic Filloux / Monday Note:
Unlike Netflix and Amazon, many news outlets offer paying subscribers poor customer service, products with technical faults, and ads  —  A growing number of publications are switching to the subscription model.  But most of them are lagging behind, with a poor user experience.
News sites for Lee Enterprises and Tronc properties, like the LA Times and the Chicago Tribune, restrict access to users in the EU as GDPR goes into effect
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Discovery is to shut its European broadcasting base in London, affecting up to 100 jobs, as it mulls post-Brexit plans for a new HQ on the continent  —  Bear Grylls broadcaster may move from London to Poland or Netherlands if EU-wide TV deal not struck  —  Discovery is to shut …
Rasmus Kleis Nielsen / Nieman Lab:
Like climate change deniers, some pundits are doubling down on media theories that are contradicted by evidence-based research, which needs more consideration  —  “If we let media change deniers drive the conversation, the result will be dumber journalism, less-informed public debate …
Bryn Elise Sandberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Studios try packaging their media units for TV, film, and shortform video together when offering deals to talent in order to compete with Netflix  —  With deep-pocketed Netflix poaching hitmakers Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy with nine-figure paydays, rivals are “going bats— crazy” …
Nicholas Thompson / Wired:
Q&A with members of Facebook's team to fight fake news on enforcing community standards, financial motivations of false news posts, and reduction of clickbait  —  On Monday, I sat down with nine members of the team at Facebook fighting fake news: Eduardo Ariño de la Rubia …
Discussion: Nieman Lab
Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal:
A look at ESPN's troubles: too much “divisive” opinionated commentary, soaring broadcast rights, cord-cutting, and an at times rocky relationship with Disney  —  Arguments over tweets, tension with owner Disney increased anxiety over the network's future in era of cord-cutting
Discussion: Business Insider
Victoria Smith Ekstrand / Raleigh News & Observer:
As we increasingly rely on private platforms for public debates, the Trump-Twitter blocking case and NFL's standing rule signal tough times for First Amendment  —  On the same day that a federal district court in New York ruled that the president cannot block Twitter users from his account …
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Krishn Kaushik / The Indian Express:
Videos posted by Cobrapost claim big media outlets in India were willing to promote “Hindutva” politics via paid-for news; media orgs call the sting misleading
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Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
Leaked training documents show how Facebook classifies hate speech groups, allowing praise for white nationalism and white separatism but not white supremacy